Affidavit of Support

This form can be used by parents/relatives/other sponsors to indicate that financial support will be provided for a student's educational and living expenses. Required of students whose funding is coming from resources other than personal funds, a graduate assistantship, or government/corporate sponsorship. An original bank statement must accompany the affidavit form, showing the amount of funds available.

Immigration Information Form

Submission of this form is required from all new international students. It collects critical information for immigration form issuance. Please be sure to attach ALL of the required documents as requested. Note that we need ORIGINAL funding documents, not copies (except in the case of a graduate assistantship contract).

Change of address

Form for F-1 and J-1 students to report changes of address for SEVIS. Changes must be reported within 10 days of the change. Students still are responsible for updating their addresses on Hokie SPA for university records.

I-20 Request

For F-1 students. Use this form to request an I-20 for extension, changes of major or academic level, change of status, reinstatement, or to replace a lost I-20.

DS-2019 Request

For J-1 students. Use this form to request a new DS-2019, extend your program, change major or academic level, add dependents, or replace a lost DS-2019.

Transfer In Form

This form is used by international graduate students who are transferring to Virginia Tech after attending another school in the United States (whether they graduated from that school or not).

Transfer Out Form

SEVIS record release request for international students. This form is used by international graduate students who are attending Virginia Tech and wish to transfer to another school (whether they graduate from VT or not).

Alternative Insurance Compliance Form

University policy requires that F-1 and J-1 international students and their accompanying dependents have valid health and accident insurance during their stay at Virginia Tech. Students choosing an insurance plan other than the university-sponsored plan must present a completed and signed Alternative Insurance Compliance Form to the Student Medical Insurance Office in 110 Student Services Building.

OPT Application

  • This packet contains instructions and application forms for Optional Practical Training (OPT).
  • OPT application cover page -- note fee change to $410
  • Eligibility and application requirements
  • Tips for completing the I-765 form
  • I-765 form
  • Sample letters for recommendation for OPT
  • Photo specifications
  • OPT Options Table
  • OPT Extension Application
    • Use this form to apply for a Cap-gap extension (due to H1b approval) or the 24-month STEM extension (certain science, technology, engineering or math majors with OPT employment with an E-verify employer). Complete the Extension Application form and submit it to IGSS with the required documents. IGSS will review the application, and if it meets requirements, will issue an extension OPT I-20 form.
  • Report OPT Employment or Change of Address
    • This form collects employer name and address for OPT, as well as a student's change of address while on OPT.
  • OPT STEM 6 and 12 Month Validation Report
    • This form is used for confirming the name, address and employer for students in the OPT STEM extension status.  It is required in addition to the above Report OPT Employment or Change of Address form.  Forms are due 6 months and 12 months from the OPT STEM start date as shown on the EAD.  The validation in SEVIS is only availabe 15 days prior to the due date through 10 days after the due date.  Failure to submit the OPT STEM Validation Report or submit the OPT STEM Validation Report within the reporting window will result in termination of the SEVIS record.

CPT Application

This packet contains instructions and application forms for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). This program is also known as Cooperative Education or Co-op.

Academic Training Application

Application for J1 students interested in applying for academic (practical) training.

Request for Dependent I-20

Use this form to request an I-20 form for a dependent, either spouse or child. The F1 student must be able to provide current funding documentation showing funds for his/her own educational expenses, plus additional funds to support a spouse or child--$5,750 for a spouse and $2,750 per child. The student also is required to provide health insurance for the dependents for the period of time that the student is at Virginia Tech. F2 dependents may not enroll in a course of study or a degree program. If dependents wish to pursue an academic program, they must apply for and be approved for a change of status to F-1 before enrolling.

Request for Reduced Enrollment

For F-1 or J-1 students. Use this form to request an approval to enroll for less than full time hours. There are only two exceptions to the full time enrollment requirement for international students:

  • in your final semester, if you need only a few hours to complete your Plan of Study requirements; or
  • if you have medical problems, and need academic relief by requesting reduced hours. Paperwork from the Schiffert Health Center must be submitted to IGSS with the reduced enrollment form.

Submit the completed and signed form to IGSS before the beginning of the semester for which you want approval for reduced hours.

Request for Certification of Enrollment

Use this form to request an enrollment certification for any entities in your home country who require verification of your enrollment at a U.S. school, such as banks, a scholarship agency, or for military service. We provide cost information for an entire academic year only.

If the certification of enrollment is for a U.S. agency, you must request an enrollment certification from the University Registrar's office. They provide the only official university academic enrollment certification.